Immediate Release: April 17, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- In a tightly-contested doubleheader between two of the contending teams in the America East, host Binghamton (11-16, 3-2 AE) and Maine (18-15, 3-2 AE) split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon from chilly Varsity Field. The Bearcats took the opener 3-1 before the Black Bears grabbed Game 2, 7-5.
Junior lefty James Giulietti scattered six hits and one run in the opener, lowering his league-leading ERA to 2.22. Giulietti (4-2) struck out six and didn't walk a batter. He gave up five singles and a double, kept Maine baserunners stalled at third base in three straight innings and induced a key double play in the sixth inning to preserve a 1-1 tie. Holding a 3-1 lead in the seventh, Giulietti struck out two Maine hitters to close out the game. He has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his eight starts this spring and has only given up one run in 14 innings against top conference foes Stony Brook and Maine (1.56 ERA).
The Bearcats scored the opening run of the game on a third-inning balk call. Junior shortstop Jeff Abrams singled to open the frame, was sacrificed to second and took third on a groundout. After a walk, senior second baseman Jim Calderone was dancing off first base and a distracted Maine pitcher balked on a throw over to first, bringing home Abrams. Maine tied the score in the fourth with a swinging bunt single, a double to left and a groundout.
Tied 1-1 in the sixth, Calderone led off with a walk and junior center fielder Henry Dunn drilled a 3-2 pitch to left center for an RBI triple that plated the go-ahead run. Dunn then tagged and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi for the game's final run. Abrams went 2-for-2 with a run scored.
In game two, Maine snapped a 3-3 tie with three runs in the seventh and added another in the eighth to gain the 7-5 win. The Bearcats stranded 12 runners, including six in the last four innings when they were threatening. The most costly inning was the sixth when BU put runners on first and second with no outs but came up empty.
The Bearcats plated two unearned runs in the seventh to trim their decifit to 6-5. Two walks and infield error plated one run and freshman third baseman Joel Stubbs delivered an RBI double to score the fifth run. But Maine tacked on an insurance run in the eighth, thanks to two hits, a walk and a passed ball. Binghamton wasted a leadoff single by Calderone in the eighth and hit into a game-ending double play in the ninth with the tying run at the plate.
Freshman pitcher Jay Lynch took the loss despite a solid outing. Lynch (1-4) allowed two earned runs on five hits over 6.2 innings.
Dunn went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Abrams and junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski had two hits apiece. Dunn had an RBI double in the fifth and junior right fielder Peter Bregartner followed with a two-out RBI single to give BU a 3-2 lead.
Freshman designated hitter Mike Thompson went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The two teams play another doubleheader Sunday at noon.
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